Already member of the club "most beautiful villages of France" since 2003, Eguisheim was elected "favorite village of the French in 2013".
Eguisheim is supported by gentle hills planted with vines. Located at an altitude of 210 meters, in the heart of Alsace, this wine village spreads the 339 hectares of its soil 5 km from Colmar and near Strasbourg, Freiburg and Basel, European capitals. Hometown of Pope St. Leo IX, Eguisheim enjoys a worldwide reputation.
Grand prix national de la fleurissement since 1989, ranked one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France in 2003, gold medal of the European competition of the flower arrangement in 2006... This cradle of the Alsatian vineyard, wrapped in concentric and multicolored circles around his castle, no longer counts his titles of nobility.
Eguisheim, cradle of the Alsatian vineyard: It was in the 4th century that the Romans planted the first vines in Alsace at Eguisheim. Since then, generations of passionate winemakers have combined their centuries-old experience with the tradition and high quality of their fine wines. Their sylvaner, pinot blanc, muscat, pinot gris, gewurztraminer, riesling and pinot noir are incomparable wines. Visit one or other of their century-old cellars and do not miss the pleasure of tasting these exceptional wines of world renown.
Eguisheim, historic city: In the year 720, the count Eberhard, duke of Alsace and nephew of Sainte Odile, built his castle which still occupies the center of the borough and it is of this lineage that was born in 1002, in this same castle, one of the noblest sons of Alsace, this reforming pope Saint Leo IX, promoter of the truce of god, whose memory is here piously preserved. Let's go on the wars, the devastations of which this borough was the victim and the stake in the course of time. The presence on the hill, close to a stone's throw, of the ruins of the three castles of Eguisheim, tell us enough what could be, in these times of rudeness, the life of the peasant-winemakers suddenly leaving the plow or the gouge to take shelter in their enclosure. Once past the era of boiling pitch and melted lead, the town has been fortified and that is what gives it its original appearance: concentric streets around the castle, the facades, triple thickness, arranged at the outside and pierced with loopholes. This did not prevent the Eguishians from lovingly caring for a land planted with vines and fruit trees. Because the virtues inherent to this soil are summed up entirely in the humanism of the vine and the wine.
Discover Eguisheim through its history inscribed in its old stones. Stop at the 12th century church. The nave demolished in 1803 was rebuilt in 1807; but the tympanum is still that of the old church; He proposes to your meditation the eternal mystical reality of Christ between St. Peter and St. Paul, wise virgins and foolish virgins. This saddle-bell tower, surmounted by a nest of storks, is the one that Hansi drew every time he composed a village in Alsace.
Admire this curious mixture of civil architecture and military architecture, through its concentric streets built on the ancient walls. Discover the five courtyards, the old inn where Turenne slept the day before the battle of Turckheim, the old solar clock of the court of Eschau, the old town hall built in 1364, the home of good people, that is to say, lepers; the seat of the corporation of gourmets, the Gothic fountain, the communal oven... go through these narrow ways, and pull them, for you alone, from their long sleep: it is the whole history of the village that they restore to your dilection.
Discover also Eguisheim in the friendly heat of his vault; the wines of high lineage, it is on the earth that gave birth to them that we must clear the soul: they combine authentic spiritual values qualities of a plant product pushed to a high degree of perfection.
But also discover Eguisheim in his alleys that conjugate the past to the present, get to know him even in the recollection of his silences...
It is possible to book guided tours all year round for groups at the tourist office.
The Eguisheim Grands Crus wine trail: This trail is designed to introduce the wine and vineyard of Eguisheim in a more in-depth and original way. It will make you know the 7 Alsatian grape varieties thanks to explanatory panels all along the route. Others will introduce you to the work of winemakers. You will also discover the two Grands Crus Eichberg and Pfersigberg, their geology and their exhibition, as well as a panorama on Eguisheim, its vineyard and the Three Castles. From mid-June to mid-September guided tours are organized free of charge by the winemakers.
The Three Castles of the Top Eguisheim: The three dungeons, looming on the hill of Schlossberg, dominate the plain of Alsace at 591 meters above sea level. They were built in the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. In the center, the oldest is the Wahlenbourg castle. To the north, Dagsburg Castle, to the south, the Weckmund. Thus this massif is an ideal place for walkers and hikers more informed. The calm and well-being of this forest allows visitors to discover the historical remains in a preserved natural setting. The Trois-Châteaux are free of access at any time and free of charge. However, the route is closed from November 11 to March 15.
Visit of the old town: Every Wednesday at 18h and Fridays at 10:30, from mid-June to September. Departure from the Place Saint-Léon-IX. Reserved for individuals, free.
Wine trail: Guided tour with a village winemaker, followed by a commented wine tasting of Alsace wines and a visit to the winery. Every Saturday at 15:30 from mid-June to mid-September (Tuesdays from mid-July and August). Departure from the basin. Reserved for individuals, free.
Every year, several festivals and festivals take place:
The Vignerons Festival of Eguisheim is the oldest wine festival in Alsace. It is the last weekend of August that the Eguisians find the towns and villages friends and twins around the world celebrating, for some, more than 30 years of friendship. For two days, the courses and the cellars are open to all for the tasting of Eguisheim grapes and Alsatian specialties. Orchestras of Alsatian folklore, jazz and French varieties make young and old dance until the end of the night. Sunday, the family with a large folk procession and entertainment for children. A celebration of wine, gastronomy and friendship that brings together more than 20,000 people each year.
In September, the festival of Musical Flavors combines wine and music of quality in the prestigious setting of the church of Saints Peter and Paul with its Romanesque bell tower of the thirteenth century.
In December, the Eguisheim Christmas market is one of the most traditional in Alsace. During this period the animations are numerous and the magic invades the village which sparkles with a thousand fires.